Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 18, 2015
GRAVEL ROADS TAKE A BEATING FROM WINTER WEATHER
VDOT’s Dillwyn Residency working to improve conditions
LYNCHBURG-Brutal winter weather has been particularly rough on gravel roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Dillwyn Residency, which consists of Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland and Prince Edward Counties. To improve the situation, VDOT crews are currently working to ensure that these roads are safe and passable for drivers.
Since many roads are still extremely wet from the inclement weather, not all repairs can be immediately made; repairs mainly consist of adding gravel to roadways where the moisture has weakened the road surface. Some gravel roads will require additional repairs later this spring and summer, since grading these roads during the wet winter months can cause additional damage.
“This year, we have seen another round of significant late winter snowfall that has made our unpaved roads less than desirable” said Kevin Wright, Residency Administrator for the Dillwyn Residency. “The extra moisture in the ground, combined with temperature changes, cause our road surfaces to soften. We are trying to address the worst situations first, and will not be able to add stone to every road immediately. We will get to as many roads as possible as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
The Dillwyn Residency maintains about 385 miles of gravel roads.
Motorists can report potholes and other road problems 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD).
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